Film which attempts to convey an understanding of Japanese life and philosophy; it does this in an way which is overly generalizing and racist.
military; subway; many shots of Emperor Hirohito on horseback; upper echelon soldiers; troops marching; streets of the city of Tokyo; banking; stock brokerage house; Tokyo stock exchange trading floor; Japanese industry; newsroom of major newspaper; printing plants; banker using an abacus; shots of industry;
propaganda theater with umbrellas with national symbols of Japan, Nazi Germany and [I imagine] Italy;
describes censorship at newspapers; radio announcer [station JOAK]; typesetting;
rural population: pumping water, cooking; washing vegetables in a creek; mud and wood huts with straw roofs; harvesting; working in fields; sharpening knives; home industry; factories; truck assembly; farm families; making handicrafts;
many people banging a giant gong; Shinto worship; music; children being lead in group exercise; school children learning to write; children being shown models of Japanese warship and planes; soldiers drilling; soldiers training; inspection of troops; bayonet training; teenagers drilling;
1923 Japanese earthquake scenes of destruction;
women's contribution to the war effort in factories; women in kimonos; children bowing; small children doing calisthenics
Very grisly war footage: Japanese zero plane; artillery; refugees; many charred dead bodies; body being carried on a pole
"You are about to see the second of three films which have been made to help us size up our enemy, Japan. To defeat the Japanese and to do the job thoroughly, we have got to understand them thoroughly. The Japanese aren't easy to know. . . . I can testify that they are as different from ourselves as any people on this planet. The real difference is in their minds. You cannot measure Japanese sense of logic by any Western yardstick. Their weapons are modern; their thinking 2000 years out of date. "
"They believe it is the right and destiny of Japan's emperors to rule the whole world, to bring about the fulfillment of this destiny and to destroy all nation and peoples which stand in the way of its fulfillment is the sacred duty of Japan's army and navy. The army of Japan is a well-trained, sternly disciplined force of fanatics . . . to reckless courage by a primitive moral code which assures to every man who dies in battle an immortal life among the Shinto gods."
"Never an inventive or creative people, Japanese have always depended on the scientific and industrial knowledge of the Western world. And now that they are at war with Britain and the United States, they find their chief source from which to borrow fast-changing production techniques in Nazi Germany. "
"Playing their closely supervised part in total war, are Japan's major metropolitan newspapers which ape the great American dailies. "
"Every channel of public information is being used to impress upon Japan's people that the war is proceeding according to a divinely-guided plan. "
"When in 1923, Japan was wracked and broken by an earthquake, it was the United States which was first and most generous in giving aid. "
"From infancy, Japanese children find their days strictly scheduled, filled with discipline of total war. Physical culture groups, they harden the bodies, learn the obedience to orders which will make them good warriors in later life."
"Wreaking pitiless destruction on unarmed cities and their helpless people by slaughtering all those who stand in Japan's way, the young Japanese will win honor and grace in the sight of his god's. For they have decreed that it is Japan's destiny to achieve mastery over the whole world. To bring to all people the blessings of the samurai code."
"Anticipating worldwide expansion, Japan has for years maintained a school of military government and colonial administration where picked young Japanese learn the approved attitude and method of ruling conquered people in a conquered territory. The emperors future "gauleiters" lead a spartan existence to become used to the simple rations that will be their lot until the day of final victory. "
"Averaging only five foot three in height and 117 pounds in weight the Japanese soldier is expected to compensate for his small size by his fanaticism in battle. "
"This then is the enemy, primitive, murderous and fanatical. . . . Against the madness of Japan nothing less than all our efforts will suffice."